Lost Pines Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bastrop, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from August until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.1 miElevation gain528 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeBlowdownScrambleNo shadeFee
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$5 per person unless your under 12 or a Disabled Veteran. For more information, please see https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bastrop/alerts.

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Kathryn Strub
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It was great, we did the entire loop and it look about 4 hours! Lovely for a day like today (low 70/high 75, sunny and no clouds)! Definitely worth the drive from Austin or Houston for a Saturday/Sunday morning hike!

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Dakota McCallister
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someone else mentioned the smell of the trail, and I totally understand why! It smells so fresh and clean because of all the pine trees! Not my favorite trail though, especially because it spits you out on a road rather than at your car, so you then have to do a .5 mile hike up hill to get to your car. It also is mostly uncovered, and if you do the shortcut trail it's pretty barren. Lots of sand as well. Not a great trail now, but I imagine in 5 years it will be a lot better!

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Carolyn Knight
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Great with cloud cover for my dogs but otherwise would have been too exposed. The charred part from the 2011 fires is very cool to walk through.

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Gina Hollister
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Greg Cribbs
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annoying sand in parts, few views. interesting though to see the burned parts of the forest

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Rosemary Ling
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Josh Dirkx
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Brooke Boston
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Amy K
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Erin Griffith
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Awesome

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Nikole Velasco
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Dmitriy Bykov
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1/24/21 around 67f misty. Easy to moderate new forest trail. Smells and freshness compensate lack of views and scenery. Partially closed, but you can still make a ~5mile loop.

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Brandon Jenewein
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Rebecca McDuff
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Jake Smith
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The trail is nice. The pines are mostly smaller regrowth after the fire in 2011. There appears to be a contained burn in the lost pines loop from the trail between Fehr’s overlook where Old Road Bed runs between the purple loops. They don’t let you go on the outer loop and you have to take Old Road Bed trail. This cuts off about 2 miles of the overall trail. I ended up hiking about 5.5 miles instead.

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Jill Hughson
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Well marked. Great first hike for 2021. Nice elevation changes.

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Tia McGoaty
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Recently there was a prescribed burn and tree stumps are still burning. Felt a little like being on Mars!

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Jonny Sanders
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Jeff N
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McKena Stickney
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Not enough power lines.... however, the Mars aura was pristine. Highly recommend!! just bring water

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Nicholas Rodriguez
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Linda Fraile
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Sara and Kenny Rosenberg
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Sabra Serino
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Drive up park road 1A until you get to the picnic area. The lost pines trail (purple) & begins here. You’ll cross the park road and walk for about a mile and a half. As of Nov 29th part of the lost pines loop is closed for park improvements. The closures will cut about 2 miles of the loop off and push you into the scenic overlook (red) trail which will loop you back to the same parking lot from which to started. The trail has some hills but not strenuous for the regular hiker. Be careful about being in the park during high winds; some of the burnt trees are still being cut down.

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Masha Savelieva
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Good trail but the signage is terrible. We got lost several times and ended up deviating from the trail. Also saw a snake which gave me a mild panic attack!! Overall cool terrain with some nice inclines, rocky and gravely landscape, and lots of sand.

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Bridgette DeLong
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Great!!!! Different every turn! Perfect for a moderately challenging hike. Perfect for the pup and friends!

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Hannah Rae
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Greg Armstrong
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Well maintained park and hiking trail system. Clean and easy to navigate. Some of the trails are still closed due to the 2011 fire that devastated the area but you can see promising re-growth as many the new pines are approaching 10 feet as of this post. Some of the older/taller pines of the forest that survived the fire can still be seen dotting the hillside. There are some nice scenic overlooks of the park and a number of bridge crossings, but very little water left in the creeks this time of year. There isn’t any spectacular vistas or natural features, but it’s a very peaceful and pleasant park and is large enough to feel isolated from other hikers and campers.

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Cliff Benedict
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Nice trail but very winding.

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